NHS70: Get involved – find out what’s happening locally

Unison Carlisle City Centre Event – Saturday 7th July 

On Saturday 7th July, Unison and the NHS hosted an event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. The event featured a range of NHS services – recruitment, maternity, cancer, physiotherapy, CAMHS, First Step, mental health, health visiting, palliative care, memory and later life, bereavement support, Healing Arts, equality and diversity and patient experience. Plus we were joined by a number of partner organisations, including University of Cumbria, Blood Bikes, Unison, Macmillan, Carlisle City Council, Pride in North Cumbria, Healthwatch, Cumbria Archive Centre, Happy Mums Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association and North West Ambulance Service. Refreshments were given out by volunteers from Give a Day Carlisle and Asda gave out free fruit. Read more about the event here.

Carlisle Cathedral NHS Service – Sunday 1st July

A special service featuring patients and frontline staff in the NHS was held at Carlisle Cathedral as part of events to mark its 70th birthday. The service demonstrated the diversity of the NHS with a procession representing the different roles, services and partner organisations which enable the NHS to provide care. Bishop James Newcome spoke of the many challenges facing the NHS as it turns 70, but spoke of its remarkable achievement as well as the high regard it is held in across the world.  Read more here. 

Cumbria Archive Service

During July, Cumbria Archive Service are hosting a range of exhibition and events to celebrate 70 years of the NHS:  

  • Barrow Archives Exhibition, 3rd July-29 September 2018: Exhibition open during library opening hours. 
  • Whitehaven Archive Centre, 4th-27th July:  Display of a small exhibition looking back at early healthcare in West Cumbria, including home cures, the Victorian chemist, doctors' services, voluntary hospitals, disease outbreaks and the beginning of our NHS.

More details are available on the Cumbria County Council website.


As part of the NHS 70 celebrations, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a number of free talks for the public across the area focusing on what local healthcare was like around the Bay. The first talk will take place on Wednesday 11 July, in the Boardroom, near Trust HQ, at Westmorland General Hospital, from 6pm.  

The free public talk, part of the Trust’s NHS 70 celebrations, will be led by Dr Peter Dyer and will focused on Eric Cooper – an oral surgeon who worked locally and who was also the dentist at the Colditz prison camp during World War Two. Mr Cooper worked in Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow from 1952-1974 and the talk will last for around 20 minutes.

The talk is part of a series of sessions the Trust is organising for members of the public about a variety of topics. For more information or to book a place on the ‘Eric Cooper- Oral Surgeon and Colditz Dentist talk’, members of the public can book online here.

Big 7Tea – throughout June and July

What better way to celebrate one of the nation’s most loved institutions than with a cup of tea. On and around 5 July, people up and down the country will get together to raise a cuppa to our beloved NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. Over the last 70 years the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. And helping behind the scenes are more than 250 dedicated NHS charities. Across the UK people are organising tea parties and many are choosing an NHS charity to support. However you choose to celebrate and whichever NHS charity you want to support, this pack will provide you with everything you need to host the perfect party - www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk. Planning an NHS 7Tea party in your workplace? Let us know at communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk or tweet @cpftnhs your photos on the day!

Give blood

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has relied on the public for support. Do you want to give the NHS a special present for its 70th birthday? Sign up now to give blood and help save lives. 

Local Businesses

Would any local businesses like to show their support for the NHS? Create a health-themed display, host a Big 7Tea party or “go blue” for the day – either wear blue or decorate your place of work! However you want to get involved, let us know what you are planning to do – email communications.helpdesk@cumbris.nhs.uk. 

Donate 1000 miles 

Are you looking for some motivation to get a bit more active in 2018? Why not join the #NHS1000miles challenge. We’re logging our miles – walking, running, swimming, horse riding, buggy pushing (anything counts!) – over the next year as our collective birthday gift to the NHS. The more active we are the healthier we get. And that’s great news for the NHS. Find out more here. 

Linking the NHS and schools

NHS England has launched a range of resources to help schools to engage children and young people with the work of the NHS. In addition, working in partnership with Health Education England and Inspiring the Future, it’s easier for children and schools to connect with NHS staff to hear about their careers and why they should considering joining the NHS. NHS staff can sign up to become Health Ambassadors – committing a minimum of one hour a year to visit schools and talk about their role and working in the NHS.

Parkrun - Saturday 9th June, 9am

Special NHS70 parkruns took place up and down the country on Saturday 9th July, with several taking place in Cumbria. In Carlisle, where the idea for the national NHS70 parkrun event was born, 380 people turned up to take part – a record breaking attendance for the regular parkrun in Chances Park. NHS employees, their friends and family and members of the public who wanted to say thanks to the NHS came along to walk, jog or run the 5km route. Nicola Jackson, regular parkrunner and staff member at North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group came up with the idea of having a celebratory NHS parkrun – an idea which was launched by Dame Kelly Holmes last month and which saw 360 parkruns across the country take part, including Barrow, Whitehaven and Millom in Cumbria. Read the full article in the News & Star here.